I use the language of the Rococo to examine the notion of femininity, exploring its aesthetic expressions throughout Art History and in contemporary culture.
My work explores the representation of the female form and the male gaze as well as the associations of the superficial, decorative and domestic present in the Rococo. I see a discrepancy between the aesthetic qualities we perceive to be feminine i.e. the beautiful, the submissive, the delicate, and my own experience of what it is to be a woman today.
The paintings exist in a state of flux as figuration gives way to abstraction and sensation, engaging with the the visceral and the sublime through the sensuality of the gestural mark. Harnessing the dynamism and eroticism inherent in the Rococo, I seek to create active paintings which do not submit to the gaze but have the capacity to affect the viewer- paintings which are indicative of the legacy of the feminine but express the true agency and power of being a woman.
2016-2017 MA in Fine Art, City & Guilds of London Art School, London
2010-2013 Diploma and Post-diploma in Portraiture, The Heatherley School of Fine Art, London
2009-2010 Kingston University, Foundation in Art and Design, London
2018 Solo Show, Brocket Gallery, London
2017 Young Masters Tour 2.0, Cynthia Corbett Gallery, London
MA Show, City & Guilds of London Art School
2016 ING Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London
Summer Salon, Lubomirov / Angus-Hughes, London
The Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
Pop-Up Exhibition, Boston Consulting Group, London
2014 The Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
2018 Dialogues: New Painting from London, GASK, Kutná Hora Museum, Czech Republic
2019 Solo Show, Parafin, London
Awards and Residencies
2018 @thegreatwomenartists and Palazzo Monti Residency, Brescia, Italy (upcoming)
2017 Artist Collecting Society Studio Residency
City & Guilds MA Prize for Critical Engagement
2016 Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant
2014 The De Laszlo Foundation Award
2013 Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant